University of Vermont

College of
Engineering and Mathematical Sciences

Dinitz Appointed Interim Chair of Department of Computer Science

Release Date: 10-07-2010

Author: Dawn Marie Densmore
Phone: Array Fax: 802-656-8802

Professor Jeff Dinitz will serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Computer Science (CS) in the UVM College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences (CEMS). Dinitz, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics (since 1980), has a secondary appointment in the Department of CS since its inception. He served as Chair of Mathematics and Statistics for 6 years from 1998 until 2004 and as its Associate Chair from 1988 until 1993. His scholarship has produced over 85 peer-reviewed journal articles, numerous books and book chapters, and a great many invited talks at prestigious venues worldwide. In 2009 he was honored as a University Scholar, an award based on sustained excellence in research and scholarly activities.

"Dinitz is a well respected and successful teacher, highly active in terms of professional service within the University as well as nationally and globally," says Bernard, "Chip" Cole, Interim Dean of CEMS. "His training and experience make him exceptionally well qualified to lead CS in this critical period."

Dinitz is known for the creation of the "Dinitz Conjecture" presented to Paul Erdos in 1979, and proven by Fred Galvin of the University of Kansas in 1994. In addition to his scholastic accomplishments, Dr. Dinitz is co editor-in-chief of the CRC Handbook of Combinatorial Designs (with Charlie Colbourn), and one of the editors-in-chief and managing editor of the Journal of Combinatorial Designs. Dinitz also is known, along with his colleague Dalibor Froncek, for construction of the 2001 schedule of play for the ill fated XFL Football league (now defunct). This received national recognition through a feature article in the New York Times. He is also a co-director (with Sheila Weaver) of the Governor's Institute in Mathematical Sciences, a summer institute for talented high school mathematics students.